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Pretty soon we had all the snow-shoes we
needed, with several pairs of spare ones, which
our mothers had made with that foresight of pre-
paredness, possessed in the Indian race principally
by their women.

We were already thinking of an early moving
from this place, when one morning our fathers
asked us boys if we had been up during the night
on our snow-shoes. We said, 'No'. And they
asked us if we would 'swear by the Horn5 that we
had not. We said that we would. They believed
us then and they did not make us go actually
before the Horns; but they were at a loss to find
who had been walking about our camp on snow-
shoes, on a fresh snow that had fallen in the night.
The scouts went out and studied the tracks, and
then trailed them for some distance. When they
returned they said that the tracks were not made
by the kind of snow-shoes we were using; they
were longer and more narrow than ours.

While all the camp was still wondering about
these tracks, one of our old women, named Wolfs
Woman, came running into the camp with her
hand over her mouth, which was a sign that she
had something bad to tell us.

'Tsumak-tsi-tsi? Ninow?—Where is he, the
chief?' she was saying under her breath, still hold-
ing her hand over her mouth.

All of the women clapped their left hands over